Church security shot and killed the gunman almost immediately after he killed two people.
In the wake of the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue, there's one place of worship that knows the exact horror of an assault in the midst of prayer: Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
It's "a day we can all be proud of," Governor Nikki Haley said in a statement shortly after the state House passed the bill to remove the flag.
The Charleston County prosecutor presented the three attempted murder charges to correspond with the number of injured survivors from the June 17 shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
South Carolina's State Senate has voted 37-3 in favor of a bill to remove a Confederate battle flag that has flown on the grounds of the State Capitol for more than 50 years.
Sears and Walmart have announced removal of Confederate flag merchandise from stores, while a Mississippi lawmaker has called for the emblem's removal from the state's flag.
The historically divisive flag is still flying high on the grounds of the state's capitol, in spite of the racially motivated killing of 9 black churchgoers on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old has reportedly told investigators he had a momentary change of heart and very nearly backed out of his plan to carry out the racism-fueled crime.
Authorities have arrested the 21-year-old white male suspected of killing nine people in a hate crime at a historic black church in Charleston.